Fireplaces have become an integral feature of modern houses and thanks to the advancing technology; we can now enjoy the electric varieties. An electric fireplace is easy to install, safe and also practical as it doesn’t demand taking out the ashes or chopping the wood but still offer a similar attractive sight of the blazing logs.
This kind of technology is ideal for all the houses where a classic fireplace is too much of danger. Some people can also consider it to be a good way to add an attractive piece to an interior and underline its unique style.
The year 2016 is a year of good news for the future owners of electric fireplaces, all thanks to the fact that a few models of high quality and appealing frames have recently appeared on the markets.
The number of fireplaces to choose from is broad, and customers often end up confused. This electric fireplaces review is a pick of the best four in order to make the final choice easier.
Touchstone Onyx – Best Of The Best
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The fireplace experts called the Touchstone Onyx series the best of 2016. It is an electric fireplace of a significant size, designed for placement upon a wall.
The large, black and flat screen makes the model resemble a panoramic TV. As such, it is a perfect solution for the minimalist, elegant interiors where the fireplace will play the main decorative role.
Touchstone Onyx fireplace has two primary heating settings. They are capable of heating a room as big as 400 square meters and during one session, they draw up to 1,5000 watts.
A remote control allows you to optimize the heat and light that the fireplace produces. Additionally, a timer automatically turns it off when the time of a session runs out.
The installation of the unit is a simple task and doesn’t require any advanced knowledge because the instruction explains everything. The manufacturer offers a standard, one-year warranty for the product, but it is possible to prolong it to two years. This additional year of warranty has to be additionally paid for.
The weight of over forty pounds is the Touchstone’s biggest advantage. Despite that, it still remains the best choice among the electric fireplaces.
- Elegant, modern frame.
- Easy to install.
- Regulated heating power and light intensity.
- Comfortable control from a distance, thanks to a remote control.
- Timer and automatic shutdown.
- Prolonged warranty.
- Bigger and heavier than other units
Moda Flame Houston – A Cheaper Alternative
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Touchstone Onyx is an expensive model and that is why a lot of customers choose Moda Flame. It is a cheaper electric fireplace, but just as trustworthy.
This model shares its properties with Touchstone Onyx: it takes up to 1,500 watts of power and is capable of heating a room up to 400 square feet.
Moda Flame is an elegant piece. Its glass and metal parts offer a modern finishing and a professional look. The screen enables a high-quality image of the burning logs and flames. Just like Touchstone Onyx, this model also offers a timer and an option to turn off on its own.
The warranty for the model is a standard one year and what’s more, the customer service is easy to get in touch with in case of any problems. A client can always call or send an e-mail to a company’s consultant.
The manufacturer’s website also has a large FAQ section and it is often enough to answer most of the concerns that the customers might have.
The main drawback of the model is the limited control since the remote only allows for changing the heat settings and to regulate the light intensity. To access other options, a customer has to approach the panel installed on a side of Moda Flame fireplace.
- Reasonable pricing.
- Elegant and modern look.
- High-quality image.
- Timer and automatic shutdown.
- Limited remote control options.
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This is the third model that, by default, stays on a wall. Alike with the previous models, it draws up to 1,500 watts per session during which it heats a room of 400 square feet.
These are the standard properties of an electric fireplace and Napoleon Slimline follows them. The design of the unit bases on an elegant, broad frame of a matt black color.
Contrary to the previous models, Napoleon has a touchscreen panel. It allows you to access all the options that the fireplace offers and helps a lot if a remote control gets broken or lost.
Napoleon has an average size and weight for an electric fireplace. Thanks to this, it fits on every wall and the installation of the unit is very simple. Step by step, the instruction explains how to place the fireplace and how to use it later.
- Standard size and weight.
- Clear instructions.
- High-quality of the image.
- Touchscreen panel.
- Elegant, matte finishing.
- Smaller screen than in other units.
AKDY Black Electric Firebox
The customers don’t have to stick to wall mounting fireplaces. Those who prefer some more classic solutions can choose AKDY Black Electric Firebox series since they offer a much more standard look.
The fireplace has a form of a box with a transparent front, alike with a real fireplace. It can be placed anywhere in the room as it does not need a particular wall to hang on.
AKDY Black Electric Firebox imitates a classic fireplace and is comfortable to use. What is really important, the installation of the unit takes as much as plugging the cord into a socket.
This model offers a high-quality image of fire, quick room heating and a solid frame that is proof to different kinds of damage.
However, the main disadvantage of this piece is the remote control: it gives the access to all the functions and the fireplace won’t work without it.
- Doesn’t require a wall.
- Easy to install.
- Classic look.
- Fits in the pre-built fireplaces.
- Quickly heats up the room.
- Lack of control panels on the unit.
All the models listed above are best to choose from a variety of electric fireplaces but Touchstone Onyx is an incredible model, and it deserves to be recommended. It is, however, an expensive electric fireplace. This does not mean that the rest of the models won’t live up to the expectations of the customers. They are strong alternatives for those who want to save some money without losing out on quality.
The final differences regard only the look and form. The type of a unit depends on the customer’s preferences and spatial possibilities, but those features do not affect the heating and energy use. The electric fireplaces are a solid option to consider by everyone – the details are only the matter of personal taste.